7 Best Vacuum Cleaners to Buy in 2019, According to Cleaning Experts

When it comes to buying a new vacuum, the two most important questions are: Is it easy to handle and can it really pull up dirt? We wouldn’t be Good Housekeeping if the vacuums on this list didn’t pass that test with flying colors. But this next part gets personal:

If your home is mostly carpeted and all on one floor, an upright vacuum is your best choice. It comes with attachments for crevices and upholstery and uprights do the best job deep cleaning carpets.

For homes with stairs, bare floors and only a few carpets, go for a canister vacuum. Most come with a power nozzle and rotating brush to clean the occasional carpet, but often have a dedicated attachment to clean hard floors without scratching or scattering dirt. And, they are easier to maneuver into tight spaces and up and down stairs.

Stick or pole vacuums are best suited for bare floors and low pile rugs. Most are rechargeable with limited run times, so they’re ideal for quick clean-ups.

Robot vacuums get under the bed and behind furniture and can even clean while you do something else, but they don’t deep clean. Used regularly, they can help cut down on the need to haul out your full-sized vacuum.

Finally, grab a hand vacuum for the dry spills on bare floors and to quickly clean upholstery or the car.

Overall, our top vacuums to buy in 2019 are:

•Top Lab Pick: Miele Dynamic U1 Maverick
•Top Cordless: Bissell Air Ram Cordless
•Top Canister: Miele Compact C2 Electro+ PowerLine
•Top Robot: iRobot Roomba i7+
•Top Combo: Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute
•Top Handheld: Black + Decker Dustbuster Cordless
•Best Value: Hoover REACT

Keep reading for more details about each of our picks, if you think your kid will want in on the action, too, you’ve got to check out one of our favorite toys: Dyson’s “Little Helper” toy vacuum!

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TOP LAB PICK
Miele Dynamic U1 Maverick Vacuum

$499.00
$399.20 (20% off)
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This Miele is ideal for allergy and asthma sufferers, since the Good Housekeeping Seal-holder’s self-sealing bag keeps dirt out of the air. It’s a powerhouse that cleans everything from delicate curtains to deep carpets. Some consumers said it was heavy, but its cleaning power can’t be beat.

Good Housekeeping Seal holder
Self-sealing bag
Quietest model in our test
Heavy
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TOP CORDLESS
Bissell Air Ram Cordless Vacuum

Bissell
$194.00
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This GH Seal holder ran for an impressive 37 minutes in our lab tests and was among the quietest we tried. We also like that the handle lays flat on the ground (by rotating it at the base), which makes it easier to vacuum under furniture and other tough-to-reach places.

Good Housekeeping Seal holder
Long run time
Super quiet
No attachments
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TOP CANISTER
Miele Compact C2 Electro+ PowerLine Vacuum

Miele
$699.99
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The motorized power nozzle on this Miele canister can tackle five different carpet pile heights. The soft parquet brush is perfect for bare floors that may be susceptible to scratching. The adjustable suction lets you clean everything from delicate drapes to heavily soiled carpets. No speck of dirt is out of reach.

Good Housekeeping Seal holder
High filtration bag and HEPA AirClean filter
Durable metal wands
Expensive
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TOP ROBOT
iRobot Roomba i7+ Vacuum

iRobot
$1,099.00
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The i7+ easily picked up oatmeal and sand from carpet and bare floors. Unlike other robots, when it returns home, any debris is automatically dispensed into the base and enters a sealable, replaceable bag. Great for allergy sufferers, there is no emptying a bin after each use.

Goes around furniture legs well
Carrying handle
Goes back to base on it’s own when bin is full
Must buy replacement bags
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TOP COMBO
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Vacuum

$699.99
$558.00 (20% off)
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Despite its slim look, this 2-in-1 machine rivaled full-size upright vacuums when it came to pulling dirt out of carpets. It’s super easy to use and it comes with two heads, one for carpets and one for bare floors.

Super lightweight
Cordless
Doubles as a hand vacuum
Loud
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TOP HANDHELD
Black + Decker Dustbuster Cordless Vacuum

BLACK+DECKER
$49.35
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This small but powerful handheld comes with a long nozzle that pivots a full 360 degrees to nab dust around tight spaces. The pull-out crevice tool extends the vacuum’s reach, and the flip-up brush gently removes dust from delicate furniture surfaces, carpet, and upholstery.

Cordless
Amazon best-seller
Easy to empty dust bin
Long charge time
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BEST VALUE
Hoover REACT Vacuum

Hoover
$244.48
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This Hoover can go from carpet to bare floors without missing a beat. Its special floor-sense technology automatically adjusts the brush speed to prevent scattering and damage as you move from one floor surface to the next. It has a removable canister to better reach underneath low furniture.

Floor-sense tech adapts to different floor types
Great for hard-to-reach places
Four included attachments
Tips over easily
SARAH BOGDAN, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING INSTITUTE Product Analyst, Home Appliances & Cleaning Products Lab
Sarah Bogdan, a trained mechanical engineer, researches and evaluates home appliances and cleaning tools for the Home Appliances & Cleaning Products Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute — whether she’s assessing irons and vacuums or detergents and cleansers, she’s constantly analyzing data and tracking what’s buzzing with consumers.
CAROLYN FORTE, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING INSTITUTE Director, Home Appliances & Cleaning Products Lab and Textiles, Paper and Plastics Lab
Carolyn Forté, a certified consumer science expert, is the director of the Home Care &

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